accelerating at a green light my 98 cavalier made somewhat of a slight
boom sound and the power steering was gone, the temp guage went directly
to hot, and the dummy light for the battery came on. I pulled over and
shut the car off, popped the hood and could see antifreeze all over
everything on the bottom portion of the passenger side of the motor. It
covered the right front tire and splashed up onto the side of the car. I
also noticed that the serpentine belt had no tension and could be
pulled right off the pulley for the alternator very easily by hand,
hence the power steering and battery light. My guess is the water pump,
because all rad hoses appear fine, as does the radiator. could someone
tell me if im on the right track?
You have to determine first if the belt is still around all the pulleys it
is suppose to be. Also feel the water pump pulley for extreme play and if it
will turn freely (if it is still attached to the pump). You have to do a
little sightie, feelie and determine what the situation is. The pump could
have frozen and caused the belt to jump a pulley, or leaking antifreeze
could have caused the belt to slide off the tensioner or a pulley but that
is all guess work.
Not if just the tensioner came apart. The original poster did not say if he
pulled over immediatly or not. If he pulled over immediately, and saw the
antifreeze, then it is possible that the tensioner coming apart caused other
damage to the coolant system.
If he drove it for a while with no power steering and the battery light on,
and it did overheat, then it would cause a coolant overflow or possible more
its my girlfriends car and yes she drove it for about a half a mile
before calling me and i told her to pull over immediately. i told my
mechanic what happened and he said the pulley probably broke off of the
water pump. after closer inspection, i found a pulley that seems to be
wedged in somewhere under the alternator where it doesnt look like its
supposed to be. my mechanic is taking it under the knife today. thanks
for all the help
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